Pradeep Dass and Ross Hulbert

Canada-based space and aerospace company, Space Engine Systems, recently signed a lease for a testing facility at Spaceport Cornwall, in a move designed to bring the next generation of propulsion technologies to Cornwall.

Space Engine Systems is on a mission to push the boundaries of sustainable hypersonic flight and space accessibility. The company is developing a lightweight, reusable, multi-fuel propulsion system with the aim of maximising engine performance for space and high speed flight.

Building on the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations, the partnership provides a state-of-the-art facility for Space Engine Systems to test its reusable, horizontal take-off and landing vehicles.

The HELLO-1X demonstrator vehicle is designed to test Space Engine Systems’ hypersonic technology at scale. Leading the way for the development of the HELLO-1 and HELLO-2 spaceplanes, which will be capable of point-to-point hypersonic and suborbital travel, and payload delivery to orbit.

Spaceport Cornwall business development manager, Ross Hulbert, said: “We are really excited to welcome Pradeep and the Space Engine Systems team to Cornwall. The company is developing cutting edge technology and from the very first meeting displayed a determination to collaborate with what we are doing in Cornwall. We look forward to supporting their growth and celebrating their future success.”

Pradeep Dass, president & CTO at Space Engine Systems, added: “We have been working on this joint partnership with Cornwall for quite some time. It is the champions at Cornwall that have made this happen. Space Engine Systems is developing the lightest, reusable, multi-fuel propulsion system, and reusable, horizontal take-off and landing vehicles.”

Space Engine Systems was advised by law firm Foot Anstey.